Property owners are often left frustrated if your tenant trashed your house. Often, landlords will find that the last tenant has damaged or destroyed property before they were able to make arrangements for a walk-through inspection of the home. If this is something you have experienced then read on because we’re going to give some helpful advice about what your next steps should be if it happens again!
Have you ever been a landlord? You probably have at least one tenant that has left your property in shambles. This is not an uncommon experience for landlords and happens to the best of them! If you looked at your empty rental and realized the tenant trashed your house, then here are some things you can do about it.
To Evict Or Not To Evict
Rather than going through the arduous process of eviction, we suggest trying to serve them a 30 day notice, provided the lease is over. You could also ask if they would terminate the lease prior to it ending so you can both get out of your contract easily. To do this second part, I would offer them some sort of benefit to leaving early. Perhaps giving one month rent free or telling they won’t pursue damages and offering their moving expenses.
Is Suing Worth It?
If the damage is significant, you may choose to take legal action against your tenant. It can be a time-consuming and expensive process, but if they owe you money then it’s something that should be considered as an option.
Is Repairing The Damage Worth It?
We’ve heard of just about everything you can imagine from holes in the walls to missing toilets. Sometimes a bit of drywall and paint will fix the problem, accept this inconvenience as the cost of doing business! However, if the damage is extensive, there are still more options for you!
Work Smarter: Rent To a Handyman
A friendlier option that is actually quite helpful is to find a handyperson who wants to lease your house. In exchange for discounted rent or even free rent, they can fix up the house so it becomes nice again as an investment property. It’d be wise in this event to work out some sort of deadline. This way you can avoid them overstaying their welcome without getting much work done.
Consider a Cash Sale
Another option is to sell the house and move on from owning a frustrating rental property. However, be aware that if you try to sell it on the open market, you may have fix it up first in order for your agent list it. Another option is to sell privately to us. We buy houses in as-is condition and we’ll fix them up ourselves.
If you’re in need of a fast sale, then call us at SellThatHome. We are cash home buyers and we strive to provide quick transactions that don’t require much hassle on your end! To get a fair cash offer for your property, no matter what condition it’s in, just contact us and we will give you a no-obligation offer. We can even buy your property from you fast!